The Central Washington College of Nursing Sciences, an affiliation of University of America, Temecula, California, has elevated three Nigerians to the rank of professors.
The newly-promoted professors included: a legal luminary, Dr Oladoyin Awoyale, a renowned academic and former Accountant-General of Enugu State, Dr Paschal Okolie and Dr Chukwuma Onah, a Chartered and Certified System Accountant and Forensic Expert.
It was gathered that the academics were officially conferred with the professorships on Sunday at the Central Washington College of Nursing Sciences, Enugu campus.
While Onah and Okolie were promoted to the rank of adjunct professors of Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination and Public Finance and Accounting respectively, Awoyale was elevated to the rank of professor of Law.
Presenting the newly-promoted professors for investiture, the institution’s Director of Quality Assurance, Prof Christopher Orga, described them as academic giants, having met several academic requirements and criteria.
This, he said, included teaching and learning, research and academic leadership, among others.
He said that the university received “a long list of applications” but that the trio were able to meet and scale through rigorous reviews of the university to qualify for professorship in the institution.
He said: “They went through scrutiny and they were found worthy.
We had a long list of applications but only three of them made it to the finishing line.
Orga, a visiting professor of Business Administration, noted that professorship was not an award, but one meritoriously given to recipients, in recognition of their sterling performances and achievements in various aspects of academic and non-academic endeavours.
“They have demonstrated exceptional ability in variety of fields of academic excellence that are widely recognised, both locally and globally,” Orga said.
In his message, President and Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Prince Gamaliel, said that the university authorities were impressed by the works and competences of the new professors.
He explained that their records of academic excellence qualified them for the professorship.
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